JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell remembers his youth football days like they were yesterday. Really… they weren't that long ago.
The 22-year-old, second-year corner was part of the NFL Grassroots field renovation ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. The ceremony took place at Wesconnett Park in Jacksonville - showcasing a beautiful, newly refurbished football field thanks to the help from the Jaguars. The Jags contributed to a $200,000 donation to help with the renovation, furthering their commitment to improving the presence of youth football in Jacksonville. The $200,000 refurbishment investment was made possible earlier this year when Habijax was granted $100,000 by the Jaguars through the NFL Foundation Grassroot Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
"It means a lot to me to be out here today," said Campbell. "These kids are the future, and I was once in their shoes looking up to NFL players and college athletes, knowing that I wanted to get to their position."
Children of all ages from surrounding neighborhoods attended the camp including the Westside Wildcats, a pop warner team in Jacksonville. Tyson Campbell sat down with the Wildcats to share memories of his pop warner days and eventually says he would like to invite the team to a Jaguars game, so these kids can see the game at a whole new level.
"It brings back so many memories of my childhood being out here playing football with these kids," Campbell smiles. "I remember how eager I was to learn new techniques, and being a Florida kid, I always loved being on the field running around in the sun learning and growing the game."
Tyson Campbell plans to continue to get involved with youth football in Duval County and eventually wants to organize a football camp in his hometown of South Florida.
"God blessed me with the ability to reach the NFL and now I can pass down that knowledge to these kids."